Never mind the fact that Ret. Gen. Colin Powell also used a private email account various times during his tenure as Secretary of State due to an antiquated system. The right wing freak-out over Hillary Clinton’s private email usage during her tenure at the State Department has hit a fever pitch.
This begs the question, didn’t the White House realize she was using a private email account instead of one that ended in .gov? I am sure she sent emails to the White House from this private account. Still, the Benghazi truthers and Hillary Clinton haters are having a feeding frenzy.
In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents.
But it turns out that that was not everything.
The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday.
It was only last month that the House committee appointed to investigate Benghazi was provided with about 300 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails related to the attacks. That was shortly after Mrs. Clinton turned over, at the State Department’s request, some 50,000 pages of government-related emails that she had kept on her private account.
It was one of several instances in which records requests sent to the State Department, which had no access to Mrs. Clinton’s emails, came up empty.
In 2013, Nitasha Tiku, then a reporter for Gawker, filed a Freedom of Information Act request, seeking all correspondence on Mrs. Clinton’s private email account between her and Sidney Blumenthal, a close adviser and onetime staff member in the Clinton White House. Some of those emails had already spilled into public view and been reported in the news media. But the State Department told Gawker that it could find no records responsive to the request, Gawker reported.
Mrs. Clinton’s aides on Tuesday sought to play down the significance of her exclusive use of a personal email account for State Department business. But an examination of records requests sent to the department reveals how the practice protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public. Source: NY Times
It looks bad, but I doubt Mrs. Clinton did anything illegal. Hey, I have three email accounts — one for personal use, one for my website and one for my other business ventures. It helps me keep everything streamlined and readily accessible, but I’m not the Secretary of State. I guess the right wing now have another issue to use against HRC if she launches a presidential campaign. The fact is, this won’t change anything for Hillary Clinton if she decides to run. Either you like her or you don’t.